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OTRC: Keith Urban releases new album, 'Get Closer', after losing most guitars

Promotional photo from Keith Urban's MySpace page (MySpace)

Keith Urban recently released his seventh studio album, "Get Closer", despite losing most of his guitars and other music equipment in the Nashville floods earlier this year.

The 43-year-old Grammy-winning country music singer hit up the online auction site eBay to find replacements and borrowed a guitar from his guitar tech to record the record.

"At first it was just that emotional feeling of all these instruments - some of them I've had for a long time," Urban said on "The Early Show" on CBS recently. "But the rest of it was just we were ready to make a record," he said. "We had our songs and the studio's booked and we're ready to go."

About 50 guitars were damaged. An iinstrument repairman has so far salvaged several of Urban's prized string instruments, including a 1957 Les Paul Goldtop worth at least six figures. A guitar owned by Waylon Jennings and given to Urban by his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, was the only one that was undamaged.

The two married in 2006 and have a 2-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose.

Several songs from "Get Closer" have been released online, including "Put You in a Song", which reached No. 14 on the U.S. country music chart, "Long Hot Summer" and "Without You".

The flooding in May killed 22 people in Tennessee and caused more than $2 billion in damage in Nashville, dubbed the nation's country music capitol. The famous Grand Ole Opry stage was partially wrecked as well. Urban joined fellow country music artists Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley to celebrate its reopening in September.

Urban recently performed two surprise shows in train stations in New York and Philadelphia to promote "Get Closer".

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